More on American dream
Well, after reading Mr. Abrams’ opinion piece, “American dream is alive and well,” I’m relieved. I guess my concern over the increasing wealth inequality in our country was unfounded.
Samuel J. Abrams of the American Enterprise Institute has done a deep survey that finds that the American Dream is not really about social mobility or increased financial well being after all. It turns out that it is really more about being free to live as we wish.
Abrams reports that 90 percent of those earning over $100,000 have a positive outlook on this new American dream. Even 72 percent of those earning under $35,000 had a positive outlook. No specific mention was made of the feelings of the 4 percent of workers who earn minimum wage or less, but what the heck, it’s only three million workers.
Strangely, no mention was made of racial tension, substance abuse, mental illness, or gun violence — all of which I had naively taken to be signs of social unrest. I guess it will be possible for the top 1 percent of earners (who evidently still care about the pursuit of wealth) to safely continue their avaricious behavior without fear of a revolt from those on the short end of the stick. – Bruce T. Bevans, Atascadero